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We were surprised by the excessive turn in pitch, says Dinesh Chandimal

August 20 2017, 02:10 | Van Peters

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Kusal Mendis smashed a belligerent 110 and Dimuth Karunaratne complimented with an unbeaten 92 following Sri Lanka's first innings capitulation for 183 on day three of the contest.

At the start, Karunaratne added 40 runs with nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara (16) for the third wicket. Jadeja's fastish left-arm spin got him five wickets in his 39 overs.

After enforcing the follow on, the visitors were frustrated on Day 3 and in the early minutes of Day 4 when KL Rahul dropped a sitter at forward short leg to let off Karunaratne, who was batting on 96.

"And also the pitch was such that those chances had to come at some stage". We fought hard, said Chandimal. As a captain, you have to keep things realistic. There is no point having expectations on getting wickets like in the first innings all over again and getting frustrated if you don't get wickets. As an opener, we expect that kind of innings from him, so we're very happy he played that innings on a very tough deck like this one.

Kohli now has 18 wins under his belt-only three less than India's second-most successful captain Sourav Ganguly (21).

With Sri Lanka's score reading 343/8, Rangana Herath joined Dickwella in the middle and the two chose to step on the accelerator and kept hitting some lusty blows before Hardik Pandya turned out to be the man with the golden arm and got Dickwella (31) to guide one straight to Rahane at gully.

"If we can believe enough in our abilities, we are not really bothered about where we are playing". One can only hope that this winning habit sticks to Kohli and his men when they travel to places like South Africa, England and Australia over the course of the next two years.

"We are still talking to them and trying to convince them how important it is for Pakistan cricket to host some global matches at home", he added. For now it's time to enjoy the present. The on-field umpires deemed the throwing "in a risky manner" as it narrowly missed Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lankan batsman.

While Indian team is preparing its best to whitewash Sri Lankan team, here comes a fatal blow for the blue squad as the star-allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is set to miss the third test match on August 12th at Pallekele.

Despite his not-so-good performances in the matches preceding the India Vs Sri Lanka series, Ravindra Jadeja is doing real good in the ongoing test series. "All credit goes to how hard he works on the game, and how he thinks about his game as well", Kohli said. If you see last season, continuing now, he's got about 1500 runs which is outstanding.



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